Newhouse: Stone-Manning Nomination Is Dangerous for the West

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Chairman Dan Newhouse (WA-04) released the following statement calling on President Biden to rescind the nomination of Ms. Tracy Stone-Manning to be Director of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM): “Tracy Stone-Manning’s nomination must be rescinded. The Bureau of Land Management has an enormous impact on the lives and livelihoods of people throughout the West, and Ms. St...

Western Caucus Members Urge Administration to Consider Successful State and Local Sage-Grouse Conservation Efforts

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressional Western Caucus and Senate Western Caucus Members, led by Chairman Dan Newhouse (WA-04), Vice Chair Bruce Westerman (AR-04), and Senator Cynthia Lummis (WY), sent a letter to U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Deb Haaland in response to the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) recent announcement to initiate a review of land management plans for the greater sage...

Western Caucus Members Urge Modernization of Endangered Species Act

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Chairman Dan Newhouse (WA-04) hosted a Special Order to discuss the successes and failures of the Endangered Species Act (ESA), highlight species recovery efforts across the country, and promote commonsense policies to modernize the landmark species protection law. Western Caucus Members spoke about the impacts of local ESA listings on local communities and emphasized the import...

Newhouse, Bentz Host Virtual Forum to Highlight Mismanagement of the Northern Spotted Owl

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Chairman Dan Newhouse (WA-04) and Rep. Cliff Bentz (OR-02), Ranking Member of the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water, Oceans, and Wildlife, hosted a virtual forum titled, “The Impacts of a Weaponized Endangered Species Act: The Case of the Northern Spotted Owl,” to highlight the mismanagement of the Northern Spotted Owl in the Pacific Northwest. The forum featured thr...

Newhouse Applauds Injunction for Extreme, Unlawful Biden Ban on Oil and Gas Leases

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Chairman Dan Newhouse (WA-04) issued the following statement on a U.S. District Court Judge's ruling to issue a preliminary injunction on President Biden's ban on oil and gas leases on public lands and waters: "Within the first few days of his presidency and by the simple stroke of a pen, President Biden eliminated thousands of jobs, prevented millions - potentially billi...

OPINION: Endangered species recovery requires flexibility, not strict regulations

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This piece was originally published by the Washington Examiner on June 15, 2021. Nearly 50 years ago, President Richard Nixon signed the Endangered Species Act into law. It was uncontentious at the time; little did anyone know what was to come. Though intended to protect imperiled species, the law has become an endless source of conflict. The Endangered Species Act was designed to do two things: p...

OPINION: Follow science, law for spotted owl designation

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This piece was originally published in the Medford Mail Tribune on June 13, 2021. Dwight D. Eisenhower famously said, “Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil, and you’re a thousand miles from the cornfield.” In an era of land management plagued by a perpetual cycle of litigation and burdensome regulations, the former president’s statement rings true. Closed-door litigation has led to...

OPINION: Biden's 1970s energy policy – he's making us more dependent on foreign energy sources

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This piece was originally published by Fox News on June 9, 2021. As if stepping into a time machine, Americans last month were rocked with growing inflation, rising consumer prices, stagnating unemployment numbers, and long lines at the gas pump reminiscent of the days of the Carter administration. If Blondie was on the radio, you’d think it was 1979 all over again. Many Americans are old enough t...

Newhouse Welcomes Western Caucus Vice Chair Stauber to Central Washington to Talk Nuclear Energy and Infrastructure

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RICHLAND, WA– Chairman Dan Newhouse (WA-04) welcomed Vice Chair Pete Stauber (MN-08) to Central Washington to discuss several priorities facing both the Congressional Western Caucus and the House Natural Resources Committee, from uranium and nuclear energy development to aggregate mining and infrastructure modernization. Reps. Newhouse and Stauber joined officials from Energy Northwest and X-ener...

Reverting Back to Obama-era WOTUS Rule Hurts Rural America

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Chairman Dan Newhouse (WA-04) and Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks (IA-02) released the following statements after the Biden Administration announced its intent to revise the definition of "waters of the United States" and rescind the Navigable Waters Protection Rule (NWPR): “Just as predicted, the Biden Administration announced its intent to dismantle the Navigable Waters P...

Western Caucus Members Gather in California to Address Challenges Facing the West

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SANTA BARBARA, CA - Congressional Western Caucus Members participated in a policy roundtable hosted by the Western Caucus Foundation at the Ronald Reagan Center in Santa Barbara, California to discuss important issues facing the West. Western Caucus Chairman Dan Newhouse (WA-04) introduced Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) to provide a keynote address, followed by three policy panels: stude...

OPINION: Sorting out the problems of the West

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This piece was originally published in the California Globe on June 3, 2021. President Ronald Reagan once said of his beloved ranch, “Riding on one of the tree-lined trails, or gazing up at the western skies, well, there’s no better way I know of to sort out a problem.” As Members of Congress who represent districts in the West, we relate to the majesty described by President Reagan. However, we a...

OPINION: BLM headquarters in Grand Junction benefits entire country

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This piece was originally published in the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel on May 9, 2021. Since it was established in 1946, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has held the mission of caring for and providing multiple-use of our nation’s public lands. The Bureau manages 245 million acres, or one out of every 10 acres in the United States, with 99% of this land located west of the Mississippi River....

Newhouse Statement on 30x30 Report

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the U.S. Department of the Interior publicly released the report on the proposed 30x30 Initiative, "Conserving and Restoring America the Beautiful." Chairman Dan Newhouse (WA-04) released the following statement in response: “While I’m pleased this report is finally being released to the public, it is clear the Administration still has a lot of work ahead of them. The rep...

Western Caucus Members Introduce Legislation Recognizing National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressional Western Caucus Chairman Dan Newhouse (WA-04) introduced a bipartisan resolution to recognize May 5th as the "National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls." The resolution was introduced with the support of Western Caucus Members Kelly Armstrong (ND-AL), Dave Joyce (OH-14), Matt Rosendale (MT-AL), Yvette Herrell (NM-02), Pete Stau...

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